1010music Bitbox mk2 Eurorack Sampler Offers More Polyphony, New Granular Synthesis Mode

Superbooth 2020: 1010music has introduced the bitbox mk2, the next generation of its bitbox Eurorack sampler.

The module has all of the features of the original bitbox and adds effects and mixing capabilities that take advantage of the faster and more powerful processor.

bitbox mk2 features twice the processing power of the original bitbox, increases sampler polyphony to 24 voices, adds a new Granular Mode and more.

Features:

Sample Playback

  • Play up to 24 polyphonic notes when your samples fit in the 64 MB of internal memory or up to 8 larger samples streaming directly from the microSD card
  • Configure 16 sample pads per preset as single or multi-samples, clips, slicers, granular or new recordings
  • Stream long samples from the microSD card with a max sample size of 4 GB, which can be many hours of audio
  • Trigger samples with the touch screen, CV gate inputs, or MIDI input
  • Use MIDI for polyphonic playback of samples or slices
  • Control how samples start and stop by choosing from one-shot, toggle, and gate launch modes
  • Tweak playback through a variety of sample parameters, including start position, length, pitch, gain, filter, loop mode, launch quantization, ADSR, Exclusive Grouping, clip synchronization, slice placement and sequencing, grain size, grain spread, grain count, and MIDI note and channel mapping

Sample Recording

  • Record samples from a stereo audio input pair
  • Configure each pad for stereo or mono recording with the option to synchronize the start and stop times to clock inputs
  • Trigger recording via audio level threshold
  • Create perfectly sized loops by setting the recording length
  • Enable immediate playback after recording for live looping capabilities
  • Make recordings up to 4 hours in length
  • Store recorded samples as WAV files on the micro SD card then remove the card to transfer them to your computer

5 Sample Playback Modes

  • Trigger one shots or launch loops using sample mode
  • Load a folder of samples into a sample mode pad to improve the quality of the pitch shifting when playing a sample chromatically or to trigger different samples with each note
  • Play time-synchronized loops with constant pitch time shifting in clip mode
  • Skip between slices of a WAV using slicer mode
  • Create rich textures and other worldly sounds with granular mode

Inputs and Outputs

  • Connect up to 8 CV modulators to control numerous sample parameters
  • Trigger each of the 16 pads with a dedicated gate input
  • Record through the dedicated stereo audio input pair
  • Use CV to keep time through the dedicated clock input
  • Confidently connect with both TRS MIDI Type A and Type B, no adapter needed
  • Route the audio from each pad out to one of 2 stereo audio output pairs or any of the corresponding single channels
  • Inputs and outputs are DC coupled so you can record and play out CV signals

External Control and Synchronization

  • Playback can be immediate or synchronized to internal clock, TRS clock in, or MIDI clock in and out
  • Trigger each pad independently through a dedicated gate input
  • Use MIDI to trigger pads via a note per pad
  • Play a single or multi-sample pad pitch shifted using MIDI notes or CV
  • Trigger different sample slices using MIDI notes or CV
  • Modulate a wide variety of sample parameters through the MIDI input and up to 8 CV signals
  • Quickly set up MIDI modulation using Learn mode — no need to look up CC numbers

Other Features

  • 3.5? diagonal touch screen
  • Double the processing power of the original bitbox
  • Reverb and delay
  • Import or export WAV files with your Mac or PC using a microSD card
  • Save and recall multiple presets
  • Increase your capacity with larger microSD cards
  • Select Flipped UI mode to mount the unit with the screen on the bottom and use the screen, knobs, buttons, and CV jacks as you normally would

Pricing and Availability

The bitbox mk2 is priced at $599 USD and is expected to be available in June 2020.

1010music Intros Bitbox Micro Eurorack Sampler Module

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Superbooth 2020: 1010music has announced bitbox micro,  a smaller, 18 HP version of its bitbox Eurorack sampler.

The bitbox micro lets you trigger samples using 8 pads on the 2” touch screen, 8 CV/Gate inputs or via MIDI controllers.

You can load a folder of samples to play as a traditional MIDI sampler instrument in Sample Mode or play samples as BPM synchronized loops in Clip Mode. Slicer Mode lets you trigger sample slices on-the-fly for new creative rhythms, while Granular Mode breaks down samples into a group of small wavetables.

The bitbox micro design also allows streaming up to 8 large samples of up to 4 GB file size straight from the microSD card. This means you can play entire song tracks, complete with beat-slicing, for playback at variable tempos with CV/MIDI control, with 24-bit stereo sample recording/playback.

The bitbox micro sampler

Features:

  • Play samples with up to 24 notes of polyphony from 64 MB of internal memory or stream 8 tracks of stereo, 24-bit samples (up to 4G each) from microSD, supporting up to 256GB
  • Multiple clip Launch Modes, including One-Shot, Toggle and Gate
  • Create and instantly recall Presets and use 8 touch screen pads to play one-shot samples, loops or multi-sampled instruments with complete control of sample slice playback, granular processing, and modulation
  • Import bitbox micro Presets directly into Ableton Live as a 4×4 bank of samples complete with sample slice parameters
  • Trigger samples via 2” touch screen, 8 CV/Gate inputs, or MIDI input
  • Use MIDI for polyphonic playback of samples or slices
  • Import or export WAV files with your Mac or PC using a microSD card (included)
  • Free sample library including beats and other samples by producer Jason Donnelly (DJ Puzzle), Soundopolis and SympleSound
  • 24-bit/48kHz stereo input for high quality recordings, with stereo output and two mono effects sends
  • Stereo or mono recording with the option to synchronize start/stop times to clock inputs with a maximum recording time of up to 4 hours.
  • Playback can be immediate or synchronized to analog or MIDI clock to allow BPM sync and start/stop quantization to note values (measure, 1/4, 1/8, etc.)
  • Control of sample parameters, including start position, length, gain, loop mode, launch quantization, grain size, grain spread, grain count
  • Tweak synth playback parameters including pitch, gain, filter, pitch, modulation and ADSR envelope controls plus MIDI note and channel mapping with control mapping
  • Supports hundreds of User Presets
  • Accepts TRS MIDI Type A and Type B input compatible with Arturia and other MIDI controllers
    18 HP Eurorack compatible 400mA on +12V

Pricing and Availablity

The bitbox micro is priced at $399.95 USD and is expected to be available in June 2020.

Fenix IV Modular Synthesizer (Sneak Preview)

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Superbooth 2020: In this set of videos, Stijn Kuipers of This Is Not Rocket Science demos the latest prototype of their upcoming Fenix IV modular synthesizer.

Here’s what they have to say about the Fenix IV:

“The first Fenix was born and bred to satisfy one artist’ wishes for an all in-one system. Our Fenix IV is also born out of this desire with ourselves as the artists.

The density of Fenix I,II and III meant it provided loads of sound in one box. Before Eurorack boomed, most modular synthesizers required half a wall of space. Fenix provided all your options in a relatively small container.

When Fenix II was released, it packed the most punch for its size anywhere on the market.

With Fenix IV, we think we continue this tradition. We’ve extended the sounds by adding our best from the digital world. The intention is to provide a toolbox for you to make sound with, and not put too much of our flavor in the sounds themselves. Choices are made for maximum sonic variety.”

Video Demo:

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Pricing and Availability

The Fenix IV is currently under development. You can find out more or get on the waiting list at the TINRS site.

Erica Synths Intros Fusion System II Vacuum Tube Eurorack Modular Synthesizer

Erica Synths has introduced the Fusion System II, a complete Eurorack modular synth system based on vacuum tube modules.

The Fusion System II features three new Fusion series modules: Fusion VCF3, Fusion Modulator and Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmodulator. The 104HP system has 63 patch points, for “extensive experiments in sound design, all analogue signal and CV path.”

The Fusion System II includes:

  • Two Fusion VCO2s – fully analogue sound source with three simultaneously available waveforms, transistor-based suboscillator and detune function – two BBD delay lines that make frequency shifter that is mixed back to the principal oscillator in order to emulate two detuned VCOs. Tube crunch – distinct tube overdrive – is added on the top of the mix.
    Fusion VCF3 – resonant 24dB/oct lowpass filter of unique design that combines vacuum tubes and vactrols, providing distinct, soft filtering. For more versatility a CV recorder, that records motion of the potentiometer, is incorporated in the module, so you can design advanced modulation patterns.
  • Fusion Modulator – complex, all analogue CV source that consists of several blocks – two EMS Synthi functionality inspired looping envelope generators with simultaneous unipolar (0V-10V) and bipolar (-5V-+5V), VCA, Noise generator and Sample & Hold.
  • Fusion VCA/Waveshaper/Ringmodulator – a modulation source based on two miniature pentodes that operates as VCA, waveshaper and ringmodulator. With two CVs applied simultaneously to different stages of the VCA, audio rate modulations, using ringmodulator as a waveshaper it becomes surprisingly versatile sound shaping module.
  • Fusion Delay/Flanger/Vintage Ensemble – a distinct multifunctional analogue effects module that combines BBD chip based effects with an adjustable tube overdrive in the delay output and a feedback path for extra thickness of the sound.
  • 104HP One Row Skiff case (with or without a lid)
  • 20 patch cables

Video Demo:

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Pricing and Availability

The Fusion System II is available with these pricing options:

  • RRP: 1950 (VAT excl.) – without case lid
  • RRP: 2030 (VAT excl.) – with case lid

Finegear Intros The Dust Collector, A Retro Analog Multi-Effects Unit

Finegear has introduced The Dust Collector, a new analog multi-effects unit, inspired by vintage effects.

They say that “The Dust Collector is the first of the Arkive_Effects_ series, aiming to honor and expand upon the history of experimentation in music, shaking some of the dust that has settled on the 1970’s.”

The Dust Collector features 2 VC LFOs, 2 tape saturations, a spring reverb, a delay and a phaser. The effects are patchable, so you can insert an effect in the delay’s feedback loop or add modulation to the phaser. You can poke the springs behind a removable cover. And Finegear included several features that you can mod directly on the PCB.
Features:

  • LFOs. Two CV outputs, one inverted output and a CV input for speed control.
  • Spring Reverb. Input and output CV controllable VCAs
  • Delay. CV modulated delay time
  • Phaser. CV modulated Depth
  • Bi-colour LEDs to help you visualize modulations.

Video Demo:

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Pricing and Availability

The Dust Collector is available now to pre-order for 400,00€, and are expected to ship in July 2020.